EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine Press Release) – Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine (CVOSM), a leading orthopedic medicine clinic serving Western Wisconsin, today filed an injunction in Eau Claire District Court against HSHS to keep Sacredart and the hospitals of St. Joseph in Eau Claire and Chippewa Falls Wisconsin open and serve critical care patients until at least July 21, 2024. This would be three (3) months after the April 21, 2024 closing date announced by HSHS on January 22, 2024. In the history of US hospital closings, CVOSM cannot find one that has submitted the legally required 90-day closure plan without sufficient notice to employees and communities in advance. HSHS began the 90-day clock the same day it announced its intention to close Prevea hospitals and clinics and pull out of the Western Wisconsin region. According to the legal brief supporting the suit, HSHS “is not using the time between now and April 21, 2024, to maintain hospital services at the level that existed prior to the closing notice.” CVOSM has had a long relationship with HSHS. Under its current contract with HSHS, CVOSM has been an on-call coverage partner since June 2023, providing orthopedic surgery and orthopedic trauma services to patients in the Emergency Departments at Sacred Heart and St. From managing acute injuries requiring immediate surgical intervention to fracture care requiring watchful waiting, CVOSM surgeons provide high quality and equitable access to patients throughout the Chippewa Valley. Cancellations Continue Since the HSHS closure announcement, CVOSM and other physicians throughout the region have been forced to cancel previously scheduled surgeries, lab studies and diagnostic imaging CVOSM Files Injunction Against HSHS/ 2 studies for patients at Sacred Heart, regardless of a clearly communicated ongoing need. for these health services. CVOSM’s contract with HSHS requires a 180-day notice to terminate the relationship. No such notification has been issued by HSHS to CVOSM. CVOSM, founded in 1954, is a member of the OakLeaf Medical Network. “Since HSHS announced it is leaving western Wisconsin, Sacred Heart and St. date,” said Austin Crow, MD, Group President of CVOSM. “These sudden, untimely closing actions interfere with the ability of CVSOM and hundreds of other area physicians to serve patients today and create irreparable harm to patients across the region now and for the foreseeable future.” “The lights are on, but less and less is being done to care for the patients HSHS ethically must serve as HSHS actively forces cancellations at a rapid rate,” Crow added. “The actions of HSHS throughout Western Wisconsin are in violation of the Hippocratic Oath all physicians promise to ‘first, do no harm.'” Other hospitals in the region have publicly stated they are at or very close to capacity. Sacred Heart and St. Joseph’s hospital beds and critical medical services, the entire health care system will be overwhelmed in the region. “We are already seeing the domino effect of the accelerated closure plan of HSHS throughout the region,” added the surgeon general. orthopedic surgeon Dr. Brent Carlson, MD Dr. Crow continued, “We hope the Court will issue the required injunction and keep the hospitals open until at least July 21, 2024. This additional time is crucial and necessary to protect the health of patients now and to develop a plan to continue providing health care to patients in the future.” About Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine CVOSM has been serving patients in the Chippewa Valley since 1954. Today, nearly seven decades later, CVOSM Orthopedic, Podiatrists, Neurosurgeons and Interventional Pain Surgeons remain committed to the management of HSH patients. high-quality, safe and equitable access to musculoskeletal care. For more information, visit www.cvosm.com. # # # Media Contact: Lee Caraher Chippewa Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine An OakLeaf Medical Network Clinic [email protected] 715-829-4566
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